National Center for Youth Law



In This Issue: Oregon fails to ensure that all children can attend a full day of school, Healthy sexual development to Improve outcomes for youth in foster care, and leading educators criticize DeVos.



Teen Parenting by Previously Maltreated Youth: An Important New Study of California’s Most Vulnerable Parents

By Jennifer Friedman

This is the latest in a series of articles looking at reproductive health among youth in foster

Litigation Watch: Foster Children in Massachusetts Denied Legal Relief Despite Judge’s Concerns

A federal district court in Massachusetts recently denied relief to a class of 8,500 foster children, despite stated concerns about

Report Documents “Invisible Achievement Gap” for Children in Foster Care

The first part of a report documenting the achievement gap between children in foster care and other students was released

Increased Federal Attention to the Need for Education Legislation Focusing on Foster Youth

Foster children’s shockingly poor educational outcomes have been increasingly well-documented in recent years.1 The Fostering Connections Act of 2008

Nebraska Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Foster Youths’ Ability to Obtain an Abortion

By Rebecca Gudeman

A recent decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court left reproductive health and foster youth advocates reeling. On

Is There a National Trend Toward Treating Children as Children?

By Bryn Martyna

There are signs that states, cities, and school districts throughout the country are questioning the wisdom of

Teachers as Partners in the Treatment of Special Education Students Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

By Anisha Asher

The administration of psychotropic medication to treat mental health and behavioral disorders in children has increased dramatically.

One Year Later: State Level Response and Implementation of Miller v. Alabama

By Kelly Orians

On June 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case of Miller

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